Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Upper Animas near Silverton is fishing well. This stretch features brook trout that love the dry fly. Monsoons have brought ash and muddy water into the lower Animas and fishing is tough. I'm expecting this pattern to continue until the monsoons subside. We're fishing other area rivers until the waters clear up on the Animas. There are plenty of options close to Durango.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Heads Up Flyfishing

Water flow: 131

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am-2pm

Best stretch: Above Silverton

Best access point: North of the town of Silverton

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Drakes, caddis, spruce moth, hoppers

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

The cooler temps in the high country means the dry fly bite will begin to slow down. It will be best in the warmest parts of the day, usually from 10 or 11 am to 3pm. If fish are sluggish to rise, try a dry dropper rig. A flashy beadhead in size 12-16 should do the trick.

7-Day Forecast

The weather is really great right now. Brisk mornings warming quickly to high seventies and low eighties. Don't forget the sunscreen and clothes to cover up from the suns rays. Get out there early to enjoy the beautiful mornings! Cooler temps in the high country have arrived, be sure to pack warm clothes and rain gear for your adventures.

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